Saint Clair 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Neal and Judy Ibbotson were among the earliest grapegrowers in Marlborough, one of the first 10 contract suppliers, providing fruit for Montana from 1978. However it was their own label 1994 Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc which put the Ibbotsons in the consumers' eyes, this wine winning two gold medals and a ‘Top Ten' listing in Cuisine magazine. ‘The rest is history' so the saying goes, and Saint Clair name is synonymous with some of the very best Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wines today. The flagship ‘Wairau Reserve' and single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block' expressions are constant gold medal and trophy winners. But it is the larger production ‘Premium' and ‘Vicar's Choice' labels that are the stars. They hark back to the original 1994 wine, and the current versions also win gold medals as the first wine did. I visited Saint Clair just a few days before the 2012 vintage was about to be harvested, and winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark were ecstatic about the quality of the fruit on the vines. Their confidence can be seen in the following review. www.saintclair.co.nz

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